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DECEMBER 2005 – No.1 - Electronic Newsletter of SCBWI SA

Make-a-Story Time!

The Electronic Newsletter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, South Africa
DECEMBER 2005 – No.1


  • A Note from Your Regional Advisors
  • Upcoming events for 2005
  • 2006 Events
  • Articles
  • Awards and nominations
  • Competitions
  • Publishing Market News
  • Interesting Web sites to visit
  • Provincial Library Services
  • More about the facilitators
We, the SA branch of the SCBWI, have had a very busy, eventful year for 2005. We started the year on February 14 with our second SCBWI Publisher’s Show & Tell Day. We had 11 publishers participating and 40 writers & illustrators attending. This was a day for writers and illustrators to pitch their work to the publishers. It provided an opportu­nity for publishers to meet new writers and illustrators and see what work they had done during the past year. This day was so successful that most of the attendees requested that this should become a regular, annual event.

So note down the date on your 2006 calendars.
In February, the SCBWI Publisher’s Show & Tell Day

Our next event was a presentation on April 18, by Niki Daly (international award-winning writer and illustrator from Cape Town) - 33 paying guests attended. Niki took a selection of his published books, explained and showed in some detail the process he followed to conceive and create each of them. He used a PowerPoint presentation. Very interestingly, his talk also showed how he has started to use the computer more and more in the creation of his illustrations and he went into some detail as to his methods and techniques.

The inaugural meeting of the Northern Branch of the SCBWI (SA) was held on April 28 at the children’s book shop, Rapunzel Books in Pretoria.
This meeting was organised by our assistant Regional Advisor, Professor Thomas van der Walt of the University of South Africa (UNISA). Representatives from a number of leading local publishers, including Lapa Publishers, New Africa Books, Human & Rousseau and Tafelberg Publishers, talked about their 2005 publishing programme, as well as their publishing policy regarding children's books. There was also a general discussion about the expectations of the Northern Branch of the SCBWI (SA).
Other topics covered were what activities could be organised in the north and also how to help with the promotion of South African Children's Books.

A two-day course for illustrators was held on July 24 – Facilitated by Marjorie van Heerden.
The course was aimed at published and unpublished illustrators and writer/illustrators of picture books. Although specifically aimed at illustrators, the course was beneficial for writers of picture books. 23 writers & illustrators attended

On the August 22 we had a follow-up on the illustrators course when Paddy Bouma & Marjorie van Heerden critiqued and evaluated illustrator’s work

There are two short articles on both these events. See pages 4 and 5.

Then on September 19 we had a One-day course for English published & unpublished language writers - Facilitator Cicely van Straten .
The course was aimed at published and unpublished writer of all children’s books. 24 writers and potential writers attended. It was a fact filled course which included writing exercises.

And on October 10 - One-day course for published & unpublished Afrikaans language writers - Facilitators were Marianna Brandt en Aldré Lategan. The course was aimed at published and unpublished writer of all children’s books – 11 writers and potential writers attended.

If you missed these events… don’t worry. We are planning exciting upcoming events, so make sure you are on our mailing list by contacting Samantha van der Riet. Ask her to put you onto the e-mailing list.
When receiving the e-mails we send out, please read reply and book ASAP.

See more about the facilitators of these events on pages 12/13 of this newsletter.


* All welcome *

To be held on Monday December 12 at 10am.
Cost R20.00 per person
At Huis der Nederlanden – 4 Central Square, Pinelands.
Each person must bring a small wrapped present (not expensive!!!) and a plate of decadent stuff to eat and we will exchange gifts, talk Children’s Books and eat and drink and be merry. Come dressed as a book character – also PLEASE MAKE A CHRISTMAS HAT. These hats will be given to children that will be spending their Christmas in the hospital. THINK HOW THRILLED THE CHILDREN WILL BE WEARING YOUR FANTASY HAT! The best hat will win a mystery prize!
RSVP to Samantha by November 30
We will be asking publishers to come and show their Children’s books published in 2005

Anyone that had a book published this year please bring it – a table will be available for the books to be displayed.

Marjorie & Paddy

We also hope to have an exhibition of illustrators’ work at the Christmas party. TBA

February: We will have our usual Publisher Show & Tell Day – Date TBC.
Date TBC: One-day computer course – specially aimed at writers and illustrators of children’s books and focusing on how the PC can become part of their tools.
Date TBC: ‘What happens next?’ A talk and a tour through a repro company and a printing company.
Have you thought of visiting Australia? The Australia branch of the SCBWI is planning a conference in May 2006. Their event would be of interest to our writers and illustrators. We will circulate info of this upcoming conference as soon as we receive more.
The Publishers Association of South Africa, PASA, and the organisers of the Frankfort (European) Book Fair will be organising an International Book Fair in Cape Town (date 17 to 20 June 2006).
We are talking to the organisers to look at how SCBWI (SA) can be a part of, participate/use this time. We decided that our best strategy was to facilitate means that South African writers and illustrators can make contact with the representatives from the international publishers coming to the Fair.
We are exploring the following initiatives: To stage an exhibition of children’s book illustrations during that time; To bring out a book/CD about South African writers & illustrators (like a catalogue) that could be sold at the book fair and also be given to selected editors representing international publishers; To host a series of talks by South African writers and illustrators in the early evenings, so that people attending the Book Fair and other writers/illustrators will be able to attend. These could possibly be in the form of informal social events; To facilitate review sessions with some of the international children’s book editors.
(The exact format this will take is still being worked out. It depends on which editors will be participating in the Fair, what time they will have available and whether they would be prepared to do reviews).
Venessa Badroodien is the hands-on organiser of the Book Fair and Marion Boltman is her assistant. Tel: +27 (0)21 4262728 or +27 (0)21 422 5004.
E-mail address:
Web site:

2006 looks as if it will be an exciting busy year for SA SCBWI!


by Marjorie van Heerden
June 2005

Somebody recently asked me an interesting question: “What do you believe in?” I did not have to think long.
“I believe in Magic.”

Like the magic of Father Christmas. I don’t necessarily believe in a plump gentleman with a silver beard and a red hat, but I do believe in the magic of Father Christmas. I believe in fairies, not that I necessarily believe in little people with gossamer wings, but I do believe in the magic of fairies. And, talking about wings, I’m not quite sure about those huge flying lizards with their fiery breath… but I am absolutely sure and I absolutely believe in the magic of dragons. I also believe in the magic of giants, and of wizards, and elves, and of course tooth fairies…

Maybe this is my bit of madness. Zorba said we must all have a little bit of madness. Maybe my little bit of madness is that I have to believe in the magic of things. That magic, is what makes my life worth living. It is what sets my imagination free. It sets me free to believe in what could be called ‘the impossible’.

It sets me free to believe in all those wonderful and stunning and awesome things we all used to believe in… before we were taught that they were actually impossible.

And I think that is exactly the reason why I became an illustrator of children’s books. There, on the blank page in front of me, I can allow my crayons to dabble in the impossible and to always spice it up with a teeny touch of magic. I always want to find a little bit of magic in each of my illustrations – sometimes I manage to add it consciously and sometimes it just kind-of appears “magically”! But trying to make this happen, really keeps me on my toes.

So, over the years I have been consciously exercising my senses so that I can see better, hear better, feel more. Because I had to constantly seek for that magic to put into my illustrations, I had to become really sharp; a bit like a five-year old! I had to try to get rid of a lot of unnecessary clutter – things like the stress of being on time for my meeting with the bank manager, getting through the traffic in time for a friend’s book launch, registering the headlines on the evening news, or even trying to understand what Mr George W Bush actually means.

I had to learn to ignore all those things that are not really important in the bigger scheme of things. I had to learn to focus again and to understand the things that really matter. contd.overleaf

How sunlight can play with leaves, how shadows can hide shapes, or how the moon is actually alive and is playing with the sea. Once I got all this sorted out and once I learnt to allow the magic and the impossible to be part of it all, I wanted to put it all down on paper. And I think that’s where it started…

Over the years I have been incredibly lucky in the illustration jobs I’ve been offered… these were all jobs that needed some magic. During the last five years I’ve had to draw lots of wizards and dragons, fairies, goblins, gargoyles, dinosaurs that talk, and even a magical moonchild. There were many more creatures, more than I can remember. Also monsters, lots and lots of monsters – even a delicious one! And then I could place them in magical forests, or in huge castles covered in silver moonlight, or on the shores of wild seas or under their waves. And I could paint the world in the colours I love. Anything is possible if you have a crayon in your hand and a blank page in front of you… The recipe is simple: Mix together the writer’s wonderful words, a generous pinch of the impossible and a goodly measure of magic. Let the old imagination do the rest! Somehow the images always come to me. I always manage to find them – I find them all around me; in the slow walk of an old gentleman in the shopping mall; in a dog running wildly on the beach; in the gnarled trunk of an ancient Melkbos tree…

Michelangelo said that the blocks of marble he got from the quarry had the figures inside of them and all the sculptor had to do was to let them free. Many times my blocks of marble are the words a writer sends through to me – then the visual images are buried inside of those words and I just have to set them free. I believe in magic.

And, because I believe in magic, I manage to help these images crawl out from amongst the words.

By Wendy Hartmann

To be a successful magician – you have to pull a rabbit out of a hat (or even a bear).

Marjorie Van Heerden not only pulled rabbits out of the proverbial hat, she pulled out so much more. The two-day course for illustrators and writers on the 24th of July, was a tremendous success

It was a privilege to be part of a group that was exposed to so much information in such a short period of time. We benefited from Marjorie’s 30 years experience of writing and illustrating children’s books and we are grateful.

For every subject that was covered, there were examples. We were shown the ‘best of the best’ of illustrators and writers – some of whom had never been seen before by the people attending. Jon Agee, Russell Ayot, Alexis Deacon, Satoshi Kitamura, Ed Young and David Weisner are just a few of the names. There were examples shown of the use of different media in illustration and we were encourage to experiment and continually reminded. ‘keep a journal – use your journal – put it in your journal.’

The importance of the choice of fonts was mentioned as well as the overall composition of text and illustration. Other little things that are so important and sometimes forgotten. Did you start with a cat? Then end with a cat. Don’t ever let a child finish a book and wonder and worry what happened to that cat.

Read that manuscript over and over again. Know the story inside out. Know your characters so well - what they would do - how they would do it and even why. Use quirky or serious elements that create continuity throughout the illustrations. Beginner illustrators gobbled up all of these points.

We were reminded of the responsibility of getting everything ‘just right’ and we were reminded of deadlines. Marjorie’s statement – ‘I have never, in all my years of working, been late for a deadline,’ brings the message home.

Subjects ranged from ideas, roughs, storyboards and dummies to final artwork. It also touched on marketing. ‘As an illustrator,’ she said, ‘your job does not stop once you have put your pen or paintbrush down. You still need to market yourself or remind the market that you are there and producing wonderful work. Make that calendar – print that postcard and send it off.’

One of the most important statements was that – the role of the illustrator was like that of a moviemaker. You are in charge of the props, the setting, entrances and exits. Not only do you choose the characters but you dress them too. You are the director, the lighting expert, the scriptwriter. You are the moviemakers of books.

Marjorie’s talk covered so many facets of illustrating, writing and publishing that I am in no doubt that there will be shouts of ‘encore!’ There was a wealth of information condensed into those two days.

I think that everyone that was there for the course can only say a heartfelt,
‘thank you Marjorie, for all that magic.’


Twelve illustrators attended the follow-up meeting on 22nd August. The meeting started with individual introductions and a brief description of family background and current work.

A number of interesting points were raised and a few problems highlighted. Most of these related to dead lines, copyright, invoicing, payments and cancellation fees.

Once again, it was felt that an industry standard was needed so that guidelines could set down. These guidelines would benefit both publisher and illustrator and create a greater understanding in the industry.

There was an informal discussion about evaluating and critiquing your own work. It was agreed that as a rule – family and friends – should be kept as just that. Rather discuss your work with someone that knows about illustration.

The afternoon was set aside for general criticism and assistance for the illustrators who displayed their work. Marjorie Van Heerden and Paddy Bouma examined each portfolio, carefully taking time and offering advice with great sensitivity and understanding.
(We all know what fragile creatures writers and illustrators are.)


I am creating a new acronym – AYLL – ASK YOUR LOCAL LIBRARIAN. This is something children’s picture book writers and illustrators often forget to do.

The library has become so much more than just the place to borrow books. Glance at the displayed books to see what is new and to see what is ‘forever’ popular. Look at the date stamps. How often has the book been taken out. If you are published take a look at the date stamps in your books.

Can you do anything to improve the popularity of your own books? What are the latest reading trends. Should your writing level or content change? What is the latest and greatest breakthrough in illustration?

Having said all that, I put AYLL into practice. Veronica Behm – Children’s librarian at Milnerton Library was kind enough to supply the following information: (Thank you Veronica)

Veronica Behm – Librarian – Children’s Services
Milnerton Library

There has been a decided shift in reading trends amongst the young people. The books by Diana Wynne Jones, Robert Swindells, Robin Jarvis, even the Adventure Game books, are not so popular, any more. Instead, the readers are devouring the Lizzie MacGuire, Harry Potter, Mary-Kate and Ashley (Ohlssen Twins) series.

The Animorph, Shadow Unicorn, My Sweet Unicorn, Stardust, Animal Ark, Dolphin Diaries, Barbie, Rainbow Magic (Party Fairies) are still popular. Not so popular are Party Girls, Make friends with, Sweet Valley, Goosebumps, Sleepover, Mystery Club.

Jaqueline Wilson, Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, Paul Jennings, Annie Dalton, Lucy Daniels, Stephen Elboz (Juvenile) - Terry Pratchett, Rosie Rushton, Celia Rees, Frances Mary Hendry, Garth Nix, Chris Ryan (Teen) are still sought-after authors. Popular Teen series are Heartland, Wicca, T.Witches, Charmed, Smallville and Fearless.

Classics – (Winnie-the-Pooh, Secret Garden, Gulliver's Travels, etc) – are always popular, as well as Walt Disney.

With the picture books, there is no visible change. Richard Scarry's, Dr Seuss, Bernstein Bears, Tomie De Paola, Amery / Cartwright, etc. are all being read in addition to what’s new in the library.

IF YOU HAVE ANY NEWS/INFORMATION to do with the writing and illustrating of children’s books,
please forward to We would love to include it in our next bulletin.
NOTE write all news and/or information in the body of your email. DO NOT attach files.
All files with attachments are automatically deleted as a means of protection.

The Wonderful World of PALS
Sometimes, I am overwhelmed in the library. So many shelves, so many books and I don’t have the Dewey system filed in the back of my head. Often I have a title but not the author’s name and vice versa.
A few days ago, by mistake, I found myself on the Provincial Administration Library System web page and started exploring. I found that I could:
Display library information
Renew titles linked to my library card
Search for titles
Search other library catalogues
Display items linked to my library card
I decided to look for titles by Bruno Bettelheim other than ‘The uses of enchantment’. A complete list of all his titles appeared. By selecting one of the blue numbers I found that the book I selected, was available at the Bellville Library.
I was so excited I did another search and chose a picture book, ‘Slow Loris’. And there it was.
I was hooked. I checked to see which books I had out on loan, and when they were due. They were not overdue so I haven’t tried renewing yet.
And it didn’t stop there. I found the hours of operation of each library in the Western Cape, and saw that I could request an interlibrary loan and even log on to overseas libraries.
What a wonderful mistake to make when you find PALS like this.

A word of warning - spelling!
If you have spelt an author’s name incorrectly, they will not exist in the system.

Awards and Nominations

News from Human & Rousseau
Honourable Mention was awarded in the 25th Noma Award to .Makwelane en die krokodil by Maria Hendriks, illustrated by Piet Grobler.

The Noma Award Jury considered the book a great achievement. It was announced in London during a festival of African literature and culture at the British Library, where it was received with great acclaim.

The news has been released through two mediums: broadcasts through the BBC World Service - interviews with the Jury – and it was announced at an African literature and culture festival at the British Library.

The presentation ceremony will be held at the 1st. Cape Town Book Fair, 17-20 June 2006. The ceremony will be the highlight of the Fair. Confirmation of the date and the presenter to be advised. The Award is the 25th Noma Award.

News from Lapa Publishers
Droomoog Diepgrawer / Leon de Villiers CP
Parmant / Leon de Villiers
Erik en die kido-dinges / Leon de Vililers
My sussie se tande
Illustrated by VIan Oelofsen
Ek en my monster by Leon de Villiers, Illustraded by Marjorie van Heerden

Congratulations to all those writers and illustrators and of course to the editors and publishers

We would like to make the SCBWI SA newsletters a source of information. PLEASE publishers/authors/illustrators, send any information you would like us to include in the next newsletter. Is there a writing competition? Please let us know. Have you written an article on children’s books or related subject? Would you like it circulated through our newsletter? Please send it to (include all info in the body of the email.) Get your news out there!


You, Huisgenoot and drum, Human & Rousseau Publishers, SABC Education and RSG’s On-Air writing school, Zip, proudly announce the biggest writing competition for unpublished young aspiring authors.
A new and funky South African story, written in Afrikaans, English or any Sotho or Nguni language, by anybody under the age of 35 will stand the chance of winnig a category in this spectacular competition.
There are three categories:
Novel (open to any person under 35 years)
Length: 25,000-50,000 words Prize: R10,000 (per language) and the possible publication of the novel.
Short story (grade 4-6)
Length: minimum of 500 words
Prize: R1,000 (per language), books for your school and the possible publication of the story in a collection.
Short story (grade 7-9)
Length: minimum of 2,500 words
Prize: R2,000 (per language), books for your school and the possible publication of the story in a collection.
The closing date for the competition is 30 April 2006.
Tune in every Wednesday at 20:00 to RSG (100-104 FM) for valuable writing tips and more on the competition. Find the competition rules and entry forms in selected editions of You, Huisgenoot and Drum. Phone 083 913 3000, visit the website or contact Carina Hugo ( ) or Lana Bakkes ( ) for more details.

unzip your creativity – become a writer


Dv8, the initiative started to make 12-feature films over three years, is issuing a call to all writers, directors and producers in South Africa for projects specifically aimed at the Coming-Of-Age genre.
Please submit your project with all the criteria that can be found on the Dv8 website at (in the submit script section). Contact Athos Kyriakides, Development Executive, Dv8 Films, tel: + 27 11 880 0191, fax: +27 11 880 0192, email:
Who can enter/submit?
Entry into DV8 is open to all South African citizens, of all ages, educational, professional background. All you need is a brilliant idea for a feature film.

We need a name for our newsletter. Get your thinking caps on and come up with a catchy and clever name. Something that includes writers and illustrators.
Open to all writers and illustrators. The winner will receive two children’s picture books by local authors and illustrators.
Please forward your ideas

Winners to be announced in the next newsletter


(With thanks to all the publishers who supplied the information)

Lena se bottelboom / Lena's bottle tree
Publisher: Lapa - Author: Wendy Maartens Illustrator: Anna-Carien Goosen

Sneeuwitjie en ander prinsesstories
Publisher: Lapa - Author: Gretel Wybenga

Illustrator: Annelie van der Vyver

Publisher: Lapa – Author: Leon de Villiers
Illustrator: Emily Bornoff

Publisher: Lapa – Author: Jaco Jacobs
Illustrator: Alistair Ackermann

Agent Snoet en die kattekwaad
Publisher: Lapa – Author: Francois Bloemhof
Illustrator: Alistair Ackermann

Die towerpotlood
Publisher: Lapa – Author: Janie Oosthuysen
Illustrator: Johan Stapelberg

Daar's vlooie in my bed
Publisher: Lapa – Author: Janie Oosthuysen
Illustrator: Johan Stapelberg

Die verlore eiland
Publisher Lapa – Author: Janie Oosthuysen
Illustrator: Johan Stapelberg

Wurms met tamatiesous en ander lawwe rympies
Publisher: Lapa
Author & Illustrator: Jaco Jacobs

Velaphi die pikkewyn / Velpahi the penguin
Publisher: Lapa – Author: Elmarie Botes
Illustrator: Anna-Carien Goosen

Jabulani die olifant / Jabulani the elephant
Publisher: Lapa – Author: Elmarie Botes
Illustrator: Anna-Carien Goosen

Selfone, skelms & sjokolade
Publisher: Lapa – Authors: Nerine Ahlers & Alet Steenkamp
Publisher: Lapa – Author: Carina Diedericks-Hugo

Ambervulturecrocs and other weird and wonderful african animals
Publisher: Struik – Author: Irma Chait
Illustrator: Tony Grogan


Biblionef SA was established in 1998 with the aim of developing a love of reading among the children of South Africa. Books are donated, free of charge, to Children’s Organisations throughout South Africa, but mainly to farms schools in rural areas. New books, produced by South African Publishers, are either donated or purchased, using funds acquired from individuals, the corporate world and foundations.

Biblionef is unique in South Africa in that it donates books in all eleven official languages thereby stimulating an awareness of the richness of South Africa’s cultural diversity. Recipient organisations are requested to complete a Community Upliftment Project to show their appreciation of Biblionef and the opportunities it has brought as well as building a community spirit.

Other aims of Biblionef are to:

Develop good quality children’s books in all our indigenous languages by encouraging new writers and illustrators to create books for publication

Translate good, existing books into the minority languages and commission publishers to publish them
Biblionef, whose name is derived from books and shipping, believes this to be a unique opportunity to celebrate the work we have done over the last three years by making special book donations to a number of needy local children’s organisations. Mr. Max Vegelin van Claerbergen, a former Dutch Ambassador, initiated the Biblionef project. His vision was to ship books to children who had no access to reading material.

Biblionef S A’s achievements to date:
Biblionef has donated 108,448 books to 805 children’s organizations giving 872,493 children access to books
We have established a Container Library in Botrivier servicing both school and community
Biblionef provided R20,000 worth of Braille and Large Print books to Athlone School for the Blind
Biblionef has reprinted 5 good children’s books
We have commissioned the translation and publication of African children’s titles: 8 in SePedi; 7 in XiTsonga; 9 in SiSwati; 7 in TshiVenda; 6 in IsiNdebele; 1 in IsiXhosa
Contact details:
Mrs. Jean Williams, Executive Director, Biblionef SA, 4 Central Square, Pinelands 7405
Tel: 021 531 0447. Fax: 021 531 9455. Email:


PB: picture book;
CB: chapter book;
ER: easyreader;
MG: middle-grade;
YA: young adult;
NF: nonfiction;
BFYR: books for young readers;
SASE: self-addressed, stamped envelope;
ms.: manuscript;
CBI: Children’s Book Insider; CW: Children’s Writer,
IRC: international reply coupon.

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PO Box 16415, Vlaeberg, 8018 Capetown, South Africa
Phone: 021 461 1601
Publisher: Patricia Schonstein Pinnock
1 new title a year. Publishes picture books, early readers, poetry, fiction and non-fiction for older children.
No co-editions. All South African writers and illustrators.

Happy to receive samples and to meet illustrators to review portfolios. Please contact to arrange a meeting.

Dock House, Portswood Ridge, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
phone: 021 419 8414
fax: 021 419 0594
Publishing Manager: Hennette Calitz
Commissioning Editor: Wilna Botha
Design and production: Joanne Simpson
Publish 26 school text books and 50 readers a year.
Cambridge University Press DOES NOT publish trade children's fiction.
They publish illustrated readers as part of school reading schemes for various African markets. Most writers and illustrators are South African but not all.
They are interested in seeing work by new illustrators. For personal appointments or to send portfolios, please contact Joanne Simpson.

PO Box 123, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
Publishing editor: Miemie du Plessis
20 titles a year. Publishes picture books, chapter books and fiction for older children. Some non-fiction for older children too. Approximately 5 co-productions and 15 local productions a year. We only publish in Afrikaans and other indigenous languages. No English. Open to artwork samples from South African illustrators only.

PO Box 879, Cape Town 8000, South Africa
phone: 27 21 424 1320
Children's Publisher: Louise Steyn
Marketing/sales: Michelle Cooper
8-16 titles a year. Tafelberg Publishers is a sub-division of NB Publishers. Tafelberg publishes picture books, picture story books, teen fiction, older teen fiction, anthologies. Currently seeking: picture book texts and stunning juvenile novels with a South African angle. No old-style fairy tales. No stories with computer-generated art. Less keen on non-fiction projects.
Query letters: No
Multiple submissions: No
Unsolicited manuscripts: Yes
Average Response time: Varies between 1 and 4 months
Payment: Writers – royalties only. Illustrators – advance and royalties or flat fee.
Submissions: English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, Sesotho sa Leboa, Setswana
Writers guidelines: No mass market material. The collection strives for literary excellence. Please check the web-site for details.
Artwork Samples: Yes

Carried over from our first Newsletter, but updated

Publishers Weekly On-Line - If you like reading Publishers Weekly but do not like the subscription price, go to

Di Hofmeyr’s web site:
Samantha van Riet’s web site:’s Children’s Book web site by Thomas

with websites & addresses. By browsing these web sites you can see which books are being published
Children's specialist bookshops:
an this bookshop below
- Your guide to the on-line world of children's books
On these web sites there is a multitude of information about children's books!!!

Booktrust information and advice about books

The British Council United Kingdom home page

This web site has a list of children's magazines and magazine about new children's books publications. They carry reviews of new publications. I suggest you prescript to at least one magazine. Books for Keeps or Carousal are worthwhile magazines to prescript to.
This Magazine is published in America has reviews of all the best of latest Children's Books published in the U.S.A. The Horn Book, Inc. Publications about books for children and young adults.
This company publishes a whole range of Children's Magazines for children to read.
Cricket Magazine Group!
South Africa
A new S African web site with competitive prices


Dr Martin’s is alive and well and supplied locally.
Phone Manfred or Yolande Kulemann at House of Arts – 021 557 1272 or 072 276 9288
They carry the Bombay India Inks, Concentrated Water Colour and other inks in this range.
For Illustrators struggling to find certain art materials, here is a web site that carries quite a lot names of Art suppliers in Britain with links to their web sites. There are addresses & tel. numbers, and information how to order art material on the art supplier’s web sites.
Art Works, arts Schools, Art Supplies
an these two Art Suppliers' Web Sites below
Jackson's Art Supplies Ltd
London Graphic Centre
Another website - for professional authors who value helping other authors. We provide dynamic coaching, consulting and editing to aspiring and seasoned writers at every stage. We offer inside information not found elsewhere.

Compiled by Kay E. Vandergrift number of sites in the children and young adult publishing world
SACBF (South African Children’s Book Forum)
Office-e-mail address:
The International Regional Advisor Chairperson’s, Erzsi Deak, web-site is
Last but not the least, the SCBWI web site. Here you can find out about so many things that the SCBWI is doing and things that can help you on the road to becoming a writer or making your life as a writer so much easier. Lots of information! The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators

Contact Information: SCBWI Executive Office - Stephen Mooser, President. Lin Oliver, Executive Director
8271 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (323)782-1010, Fax: (323)782-1892

Committee members SCBWI South Africa

Marjorie van Heerden - Co-Regional Advisor
Paddy Bouma - Co-Regional Advisor
Thomas van der Walt - Assistant Regional Advisor, representing the northern part of South Africa and the Gauteng Area
Samantha van Riet – Bookings and e-mailing.
Annette van Zyl – Illustrations coordinator
Alzette Prins – General assistance and support
Wendy Hartmann – Committee member


Private Bag X7486 Kingwilliamstown 5600
TEL: (040) 609-4663
FAX: (040) 609-4664

Private Bag X20606 Bloemfontein 9300
TEL :(051) 405-4681
FAX:(051) 403-3567

Private Bag X33 NBS Building
Johannesburg 2000
TEL :(011) 355-2568
FAX: (011) 355-2565

Private Bag 9016 Pietermaritzburg 3200
TEL: (033) 394-0241
FAX: (033) 394-2237

Private Bag X9549
Pietersburg 0700
TEL: (015) 299-7751
FAX: (015) 299-7811

P.O. Box 1243 Nlspruit1200
TEL: (013) 766-5026
FAX: (013) 766-5576

Private Bag X06
Mmabatho 2735
TEL: (018) 387-0108 / 0261
FAX: (018) 384-1200

P.O. Box 532, Kimberley 8300
TEL: (053) 807-4730
FAX: (053) 831-2635

P.O. Box 2108, Cape Town 8000
TEL: (021) 483-2273
FAX: (021) 483-2031


Niki Daly

Niki Daly has been illustrating and writing children's books for over twenty years. He has a long list of awards to his name including the prestigious 1995 New York Times Certificate of Excellence for Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky. Niki is regarded as one of South Africa’s most important Children’s Book writers and illustrators.

He won a British Arts Council Illustration Award for The Little Girl who lived down the Road, (his first published work) in 1978. Since then, he has illustrated many stories of his own as well as those of other writers.

In 1988 he won a "Parents Choice Award" for his book, Not so Fast, Songololo. He has recorded two LP’s, Living in the Suburbs and Whitey in Love, and has written songs for puppet theatre and animation.

From 1989-1992 he developed Songololo Books, a children’s book division of David Philip Publishers, Cape Town. In 1990 he travelled with storyteller Gcina Mhlophe, to the USA to work with Weston Woods on a video of Not so Fast, Songololo.

Paddy Bouma

Born in Cape Town Paddy went on to study at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT, obtaining the degree BA(Fine Art) in 1967. She was awarded the McIver Scholarship for 1969. She was a bursary student of the French Government from 1968 to 1969 during which time she studied Lithography at the Ėcole des Beaux-arts, Paris.

She lectured Lithography and Illustration in the Department of Fine Arts, University of Stellenbosch from 1971. Paddy has written and/or illustrated a large number of picture books that have been published internationally, including the Bertie series. Her illustrations for Are we Nearly There, by Louis Baum, published by Bodley Head, London, 1986 (U.S.A. One More Time) were short listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal, 1986.

Paddy is the Co-Regional Advisor of the local SCBWI Chapter.

Marjorie van Heerden

Since the publication of her first picture book in 1983, Marjorie van Heerden has written and/or illustrated more than 80 children’s books and has been published in 27 languages in Africa, Europe, Canada and the USA. She was born on a farm in the Hex River Valley in South Africa, lived and worked in Stellenbosch for twenty years and in Johannes­burg for another ten. She lived for a year on the banks of Lake Michigan in the USA and for four years in a forest on a mountain north of Athens in Greece. Now her studio overlooks the magnificent sweep of False Bay at the Cape of Good Hope.

Marjorie has again become active in the local organisations for children’s literature and has established a South African chapter of the international Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators; SCBWI ( She is the Co-Regional Advisor of the local SCBWI Chapter.

Cicely van Straten

Cicely van Straten (nee Luck) grew up in South Africa, Kenya and Uganda and the UK. Her early absorption in fairy tales led her into writing fantasy and her passion is to create African fantasy for the children of Africa.

Cecily is not only known as writer of many children’s books but is also known for her writer’s and creativity workshops she runs on a regular bases

Her Master's degree ‘The fairy tale as paradigm of inner transformation - a comparative study of Southern African and European fairy tales' (University of Pretoria) led her to the discovery of some of Africa's most bewitching stories. She is currently doing doctoral research at Stellenbosch into the legends and histories of the indigenous peoples of the Cape.

She has also written ‘real life' stories set in East and South Africa.

Marianna Brandt

Marianna Brandt is in Kaapstad gebore en het in Swakopmund, Namibië grootgeword. Sy het gaan studeer in Bloemfontein in Mediese Tegnologie en het in ‘n Chemiese Laboratorium in verskeie dorpe gewerk vir ongeveer tien jaar. Na die tien jaar as Mediese Tegnoloog, het sy die wêreld vaarwel toegeroep en by die SAUK aangesluit. Daar is toe heelwat van haar stories op Siembamba uitgesaai. Een van die stories het toe later haar eerste kinderboek geword, Poppie-Dot van die Kaap. Sy het later by ‘n TV maatskappy aangesluit waar sy programme vir die destydse Uit en Tuis gemaak het.

Vyftien jaar gelede het sy besluit om voltyds te skryf. Sy bied ook so nou en dan ‘n kinderboekskryfkursus aan wanneer daar genoeg belangstelling is.

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1974: Skoolbiblioteekbeampte - Administrasie van Suidwes-Afrika (Namibië)
1974–1975: Assistent-bibliotekaris - Ferdinand Postma-biblioteek, P.U. vir C.H.O.
1976: Assistent-bibliotekaris - Stadsraad van Pretoria
1977–1978: Skoolbibliotekaris - Hoërskool Lydenburg
1979–1980: Bibliotekaris - Transvaalse Provinsiale Administrasie
1980–1984: Senior Bibliotekaris - Transvaalse Provinsiale Administrasie
1985–1991: Eerstebibliotekaris (Keuring)- Transvaalse Provinsiale Administrasie
1992–1996: Assistent-Direkteur - Gautengse Provinsiale Biblioteek- en Inligtingsdienste

1996–1998: Redakteur: Kinder- en Jeugboeke, H&R
1999–2001: Uitgewer: Kinder- en Jeugboeke, H&R
2002- Uitgewer: NB Kinder- en Jeugboeke

Boeke uitgegee: Sedert 1996 meer as 100 boeke uitgegee.




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